If you’ve been a loyal PlayStation gamer since the early days, then you may be wondering whether the PlayStation 4 can play PlayStation 3 games.
The answer is a qualified… “sort of”. You certainly won’t have any joy running your PS3 copy of Batman Arkham Asylum by popping the disk in the drive, but Sony does have options for some PS3 games…
How to play PS3 games on PS4
Long before Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Google Stadia, there was a games streaming service called OnLive. It was about ten years ahead of its time, but when it collapsed, Sony bought the underlying technology and another streaming company called Gakai.
These would eventually become PlayStation Now, a subscription service that lets you stream PS2, PS3 and PS4 titles straight to your current console in 720p – in other words, a bit blurry for modern games, but probably just as you remember the majority of PS2 and PS3 ones.
There are over 650 games available to stream, so far from the full catalogue, but you might find the title you want in there. A subscription costs £8.99 per month, but you can get a week’s free trial to see if you can cope with the latency involved.
Which PS3 games are available on the PS4? Remastered games…
If the game you’re looking to play is a real classic from the era, there’s a good chance that the money spinners in publishing have rereleased it for PS4, generally in the form of a remaster.
The quality of the touchups varies wildly, but if you just want the game to run on your PlayStation 4 then you could do a whole lot worse. The list of PS3 remasters includes:
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
There are definitely gaps there, and you might just have to bite the bullet and buy an old PS3 to get your fix if you’re not covered above. Still, they seem to go around the £50-£100 mark on Ebay at the time of writing, so not completely unreasonable.
The good news is that this shouldn’t be a problem with the upcoming PlayStation 5, which Sony says will support the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games. So no need to flog your games collection when Sony releases it at the end of the year…